After graduating in agriculture at Bangor, Graham Harvey joined Farmers Weekly as a reporter and feature writer. In the late 1970s he left to work as a freelance journalist specializing in countryside, food and environmental issues, and has written for a wide range of publications including The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, New Scientist, and Country Life. For three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye. In the mid-1980s Harvey joined the script-writing team of The Archers, and has written more than 500 episodes. He is now the program's Agricultural Story Editor, responsible for developing the farming and rural storylines.